Jesus spoke to me. He showed me who I was and He took the time to sweetly and gently show me who HE was and what He alone could do for me. Just like He did with the woman at Jacob’s Well in the Bible. I was alone, I was scared, I was hopeless, I was helpless, I was near death, I was doing terrible things, I was a victim of my own circumstances, I was sinning, I was LOST…dead woman walking. I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was tired. Then He rescued me and took me to my own Jacob’s Well where I found healing and comfort. This story makes me cry every time I read it. It touches me on so many levels that it’s hard to even find words for it….
John 4:6-26 – 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
I can picture it. I am in my room all by myself at Jacob’s Well, rocking on my little bed asking over and over again “Why me?”. Tears are falling from my face and I am feeling completely unworthy of anyone’s love. Here I am again, back in treatment again; something is different this time, I just can’t put my finger on it. The room is dark, but for the light coming from the window next to my bed. I am ashamed, guilt-ridden, alone, and confused. Just me and my thoughts. Then I feel a presence next to me. It is Jesus. His warm arms wrap around me so tight. I look up and He is crying, too, because He feels my hurt and He knows my heart. He begins to offer me hope. He acknowledges all my sins. At that, I squirm and get ready to run from the room. Instead, I find myself creeping off the bed onto the floor to sit at His feet. Before I can even make thoughts, He answers them. With tears streaming down His face, He begs me to stop fighting and to give into Him. It’s all He has ever wanted. All He wants is ME. He then whispers to me as I lay at His feet that it is all going to be OK. He will feed me with His Word, He will offer me drink from His fountain. I will never be hungry or thirsty again and my soul will be satisfied. He promises me that He has been there all along and has never left my side and I believe Him. I am filled with a presence and a peace like no other. I look up and I am alone in my dark room again, on the floor. There is no one around, but I am not alone. THE I AM IS STILL WITH ME.
The Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well in the book of John, Chapter 4, represents all the women at the Jacob’s Well I know and love. She came looking for something natural, if only she could fill her jug with water. Yet, Jesus told her all about herself and loved her through her evident sin and pain and there was no doubt in her mind that she had been in the presence of God. In all my journeys, I sought things in the natural. I went from one thing to another, always looking for things to attain my short life on earth and it was all in vain. Here’s the thing….before the Samaritan woman left the well to spread the news of the Messiah, she dropped her water jug.
John 4:28-30 (AMP) – 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went away to the town. And she began telling the people, 29 Come, see a Man Who has told me everything that I ever did! Can this be [is not this] the Christ? [Must not this be the Messiah, the Anointed One?] 30 So the people left the town and set out to go to Him.
She DROPPED the one thing she went for because she was filled in the Spirit. She no longer desired the things of the world! This woman who had been a harlot, who had invested all her time unwisely, who had become someone to be pushed aside and mocked, had come to see the Living God in person and her life was forever changed. People believed her IMMEDIATELY and went looking for Jesus themselves. What would happen if we only dropped and allowed to shatter the things that seem to matter to us the most? What if we left those things at the feet of Jesus in their broken state and allowed Him to heal our hearts instead? What would happen if we listened to God when He spoke to us and told us who we were and took heed? What would happen if we left behind the things that so easily entangled so that we could truly get all we could out of the life we have been GIVEN by only following Him and seeking Him and bringing others to HIM and not to ourselves?
I am NOTHING without God. I have nothing without God. I survive only because of God. He has given me everything and now I have an opportunity to give back and use my past life as a living testimony to bring others into the Light of Truth, however painful it may be. When I return to the dust from which we came, as we all will, I want to leave a legacy and not a mess.
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To further your reading, consider this from:
Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (NASB) – 6 Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; 7 then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Life is so very fragile. We should recognize life as a precious gift, meant to be lived in an abundant way, always looking to the Lord for answers and guidance. Drop your pitcher at the well and move on! REMEMBER HIM….
Related Scriptures: Psalm 146:4; Isaiah 44:3; Revelation 21:6